February 12, 2013 8:03 pm at 8:03 pm #608180
Thank you MBD for the thread title 🙂
I heard a story about a Rebbe of mine from someone, and confirmed it with a few other people who witnessed it.
In Yeshiva Darchei Torah, there is a Rebbe named R’ Pinchas Wachsman, who gives the first year Beis Medrash shiur. He is a brother of the well-known R; Ephraim Wachsman. R’ Pinchas also happens to be a mechutan of R’ Malkiel Kotler.
One day, it started snowing heavily during shiur. In Darchei, the classrooms have a lot of big windows in the back of the classrooms, and it was getting distracting to the guys in the shiur. R’ Wachsman banged his hand down on his desk, and said, “Guys, what’s this? You never saw snow before? It will be there when the shiur is done. Pay attention!”
The class turned back around, and the shiur continued. Of course, 2 minutes later, everyone was staring out the windows again. R’ Wachsman banged on his desk again, and said, “Come one guys. I need to tell you again? Pay attention!”
A few minutes later, again, most of the shiur was looking out the windows. R’ Wachsman stood up, and gave a thunderous klap on his desk. He yelled out, “Ribono shel Olam! The snow is causing bittul Torah! You need to make it stop!”
A few seconds later, the snowfall suddenly stopped. Not a gradual slowing – a full stop, from heavy snow to nothing, in a few seconds.
Needless to say, everyone in the shiur was awed!February 12, 2013 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm #994541FacetiousMember
The nissim our current gedolim can bring is truly wonderous and inexplicable by nature.February 12, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #994542
We don’t know the koach of Torah, or tefillah. But this Rebbe obviously does!February 12, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm #994543ZABACHURParticipant
Facetious, your screen name won’t allow me to take anything you say seriously, so for the sake of clarity I propose you indicate when you are being serious, and when you don’t it will be assumed that we should take what you have to say with a grain of salt. Having said that, the story sounds awesome.February 12, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm #994544
And in other news this week, a duck won the lottery…February 12, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm #994545squeakParticipant
I would have stared at all the snow on the ground. Or did that disappear?February 12, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #994546Boro Park GirlMember
JMH and squeak,
being mean isnt necessary here.
Its an amazing story. If u cant bring urself to see it, just refrain from saying anything at all. R’ Pinchas is a talmid chacham so at least don’t belittle him!!February 12, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm #994547zahavasdadParticipant
Hashem doesnt create bad things, We might not understand them, but nothing is bad
And that includes Hurricanes and Snow. Snow melting (run off) is very important for Aquifers especially in Rockaway.February 12, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm #994548
I’m sure he’s a major talmid chochom. I’m equally sure that he isn’t a ba’al mofes and wouldn’t like to be portrayed as such.
Besides, you completely missed the point of my post. I was not being mean, merely trying to point out a logical problem in a humorous way – google ‘the duck who won the lottery’ and it might help you see what I was trying to say.February 13, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am #994549squeakParticipant
I was being mean. But also pointing out that this is making something of nothing. Its no fun to point out though if I have to make him feel good about it.February 13, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am #994550
just my hapence
“I’m sure he’s a major talmid chochom. I’m equally sure that he isn’t a ba’al mofes and wouldn’t like to be portrayed as such.”
I certainly think there is major Hashgocha pratis involved in that Hashem wanted to show the class the Koach Hatorah and that Hashem listens to Tefillos and He brought it about through this story. Nobody is saying that this Rebbe can control the weather at whim. If anyone thinks so they need mental help.February 13, 2013 1:06 am at 1:06 am #994551ThePurpleOneMember
wow thats rlly amazing… wish he cud ask 4 mashiach too!!February 13, 2013 2:56 am at 2:56 am #994552DanielMFMember
I remember this very well! I was in R’ Wachsman’s shiur at the time, and saw this happen.
A few years later, on Purim, I told it to his shiur (he was hosting them for the seudah). His wife thanked me for saying it, and told me she had never head it before.
Edited to remove personal information.February 13, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am #994553
WIY – Sorry, but again you missed the point of my post. Please, before you reply, google ‘the duck that won the lottery’.February 15, 2013 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm #994554
When I was in yeshiva, the Kaliver Rebbe (from Williamsburg) came to visit the area. One of my Rabbeim told me I should go see him, and that I’d benefit greatly from it. I’d been having a rough time in yeshiva, and figured I’d take any help I could get, so I agreed. I had been told by people who went to see him that it’s like he reads your mind, and it’s a bit freaky. I disregarded them.
I went in to see him. I take a seat, and before I can say anything, the Rebbe just starts telling me, “I can see that you’re troubled…” He told me everything that was bothering me, and was spot on. He gave me some advice on how to make things better, and gave me a bracha. I also asked him for a bracha for a cousin of mine who was 30 years old and still single. He gave the bracha.
Years later, my wife and I were having difficulty having children, and had been unsuccessful in fertility treatments. I saw a sign in shul that the Kaliver Rebbe would be near the community, so we decided to go and get a bracha. We walked in, and before we could say anything, the Rebbe asked, “Nu, so what are the doctors saying? Why aren’t you getting pregnant?” He spoke with us for a few minutes, and gave us a bracha. We saw him in the summer, and the following summer, my wife had twins.
Oh, and my cousin that I’d asked him to give a bracha for? She recently had what I believe is her 5th kid.February 15, 2013 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #994555
Quite amazing. Which Kaliver Rebbe is this? Thanks.December 17, 2013 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #994556☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
bumpDecember 17, 2013 6:59 pm at 6:59 pm #994557miritchkaMember
I would have to say its pretty easy to convince me of stories about tzaddikim (which is one of the reasons I’m so glad I have a down to earth husband who helps me realize the scams involving giving money to a place that promises that a tzaddik will daven for xyz if you donate hundreds of dollars). So yes, I think i do believe the story.
And I dont know about the rest of you, but when there is snow outside, whether its falling or sitting on the ground, I could sit by the window and just be amazed at this beautiful creation.December 17, 2013 7:14 pm at 7:14 pm #994558
I left out one amazing part of the story about when my wife and I went to see the Kaliver Rebbe.
My wife is not a big fan of separate seating. The way the Kaliver usually works, there’s a guy there (the Rebbe’s Shamas?) who walks you in. Men will be seated next to the Rebbe, and women will usually be at the opposite end of the table. So the guy walks us into the room, points to the chair next to the Rebbe, and tells me to sit there. He then turns to my wife, and before he can say anything, the Rebbe says, “No, no – she shouldn’t sit at the end! She should sit here, next to her husband!” The guy was dumbfounded. He said, “What? Over there?”The Rebbe repeated, “Yes, she should sit here, by her husband!”December 19, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am #994559SayIDidIt™Participant
Quite amazing. Which Kaliver Rebbe is this? Thanks.
SiDi™December 19, 2013 1:17 pm at 1:17 pm #994560
It’s in my post of the original story, on the first line 🙂September 1, 2023 9:55 am at 9:55 am #2222001
The bump on the tefillin thread inspired me to bump this one.
R’ Bender has a story in his sefer on Chumash that was amazing.
He was speaking to the father of R’ Moshe Weinberger, who was a Holocaust survivor (R’ Bender always tried to connect with survivors – including my grandparents, whom he had a special relationship with.)
Mr. Weinberger told him the following:
When he had his bar mitzvah, his father gave him a pair of tefillin, and told him, “Always keep them close!”
When the Nazis took them to the camps, he was able to keep his tefillin hidden, and made sure to put them on every morning. The other men lined up for the chance to fulfil the mitzvah, and he gladly allowed as many as possible to put on the tefillin each morning.
One day, there was an outbreak of lice in the camp. The Nazis decided that everyone would have to burn all their belongings – clothes, and everything else. His tefillin were hidden within the small bag he had with his belongings, and he was unable to remove them.
With tears in his eyes, he approached the bonfire with his bag. The guards were watching. He had no choice, and he tossed the bag into the fire.
The next morning, he walked by the place where the fire had been, and decided to see if anything remained. He sifted through some ash, and saw it – miraculously undamaged, there were his tefillin!
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